Daniel Hardesty earns Eagle Scout rank

Submitted to the Pioneer

BIG RAPIDS — Daniel Ford Hardesty, of Boy Scout Troop No. 114 of Big Rapids, has attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Daniel Hardesty earned the rank of Eagle Scout in April. (Courtesy photo)

Daniel Hardesty earned the rank of Eagle Scout in April. (Courtesy photo)

Hardesty was born Aug. 17, 2001, in Byron. The family moved to Big Rapids in 2004, where they have resided since.

Hardesty began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack No. 3114 in 2007. He enjoyed all of the different activities involved in Cub Scouts and especially when the Pack “put the outing in scouting.” Hardesty enjoyed summer camp, hiking trips and go-see-it activities all over the area. He especially enjoyed the Pinewood Derbies and Raingutter Regattas. Hardesty earned all the awards he could in Cub Scouts, including the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting. He crossed over to Boy Scout Troop No. 114 in 2012.

As a Boy Scout, the fun and adventures continued, all while he learned about leadership, service, careers and his country. Hardesty has attended Mackinac Island Scout Service Camp, summer camps, Polar Bear camp and International Scout Rendezvous as well as many other campouts and activities during his scouting career.

During January and February of 2017, Hardesty completed his Eagle Scout service project at the Women’s Information Services, Inc., shelter in Big Rapids. Hardesty led a group of scouts, youth and adults in cleaning out a cluttered office space, then refurbishing and repainting the room so it could be re-purposed as a space for teens while they are at the shelter and away from their homes. The new space was greatly appreciated by the residents and staff of the WISE shelter

Hardesty finished up his last required merit badge in January of 2017 and completed all his paperwork over the following weeks. He passed his Eagle Board of Review on April 10, 2017.

Hardesty attends Big Rapids High School, where he will be a junior in the fall. He is a varsity athlete on the Big Rapids cross country and track teams and is involved in the Athletic Leadership team at the school. Hardesty has received several athletic honors, including four varsity letters, a rookie of the year award in cross country, and two all-conference honorable mentions in cross country. Academically, Hardesty has maintained a 4.0 GPA through all of middle and high school, where some of his favorite subjects include math and science. In addition to school and Scout activities, Hardesty is active in the Reed City Church of the Nazarene youth group.

In the future, Hardesty plans to attend college to study engineering and hopes to compete on the cross country and track teams in college as well. His goal is to become an engineer who invents and designs products to benefit people’s lives and well-being. Hardesty’s parents are Jeff and Jennifer Hardesty.

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